Newsletter of the WU Executive Academy – Vienna University of Economics and Business
NEWSLETTER EDITION 2: FEBRUARY 2020

Dear reader!

Ever since the renowned Harvard Business Review ruled that “data scientist” was the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” interested parties know which profession has the brightest future. Yet the current LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report reveals that companies will also be looking for a host of other professions in addition to data scientists in the years to come. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy, took a close look at the job trends of the 2020s.

Over the past 10 years, digitization has transformed the sphere of project management profoundly. At the same time, the share of project-based work within companies has been constantly increasing across all industries and functions. But what skills will be the mark of a modern project manager in the future and what are the differences between digital and traditional project management? Martina Huemann, Academic Director of the Professional MBA in Project Management, talks about novel and traditional competences in project management and why the most important quality of a project manager in the digital age is to be a true leader.

Happy reading!
Your WU Executive Academy Team

PS: Starting in fall 2020, we are offering a new specialization for non-lawyers: the Professional MBA European Business Law. All information about the program can be found here.

Why Interim Managers Tend to be the Better Consultants

Traditional business consultants and interim managers have much in common: they are experienced external experts who can flexibly connect to a company to support it for a set period of time. But their roles markedly differ with regard to one aspect: interim managers remain in the enterprise while measures are being implemented. Interim management expert Iliana Schmatelka and Helga Pattart-Drexler, Head of Executive Education at the WU Executive Academy, talk about the advantages of interim management and the manifold opportunities for using interim management beyond crises.

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Obama Advisor Nipun Mehta: Why "Giftivism" Makes Companies More Successful

Nipun Mehta, advisor to former U.S. President Barack Obama, recently offered fascinating insights into the power of “giftivism” in a speech at the WU Executive Academy. One of the thinkers behind the concept of a “gift economy,” he used his extraordinary keynote address to explain why a culture of giving not only transforms society but also makes a company more successful.

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The Complete ABC of Leadership Values for Managers - Part 1: A to M

Today’s brave new world of labor is uncertain, volatile, and ambiguous. Simple solutions have long since ceased to exist; goals are quickly becoming obsolete; talent has become a rare resource. But what can you rely on when everything around you is changing? Managers navigating today’s stormy waters can focus on fundamental values in order to gain clarity and stability. The complete ABC of leadership values for managers, a list of core values, provides an overview of what successful leadership means today and will mean in the future. Refer to part 1 (A to M) of this concise guide to find orientation in today’s uncertain business world.

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Career Moves @ WU Executive Academy:

 

Who has changed jobs? Who was promoted?

This time:

 
Vladimir Vano, Chief Economist, Mazars
Daniela Dorner, Head of Strategic Channel Partners, Mondi
Gabriela-Maria Straka, Company Spokesperson of the Year 2019
 

How-To for Top-Managers: Developing a Digital Corporate Strategy in 4 Steps

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and augmented reality have had a drastic impact on business models that worked well in the past. A company’s long-term success increasingly depends on its ability to adapt to this changing environment. This requires a suitable digital strategy. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy, explains how companies can best integrate digital policies into existing business strategies.

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New Program to Start in Fall 2020: Professional MBA European Business Law

An increasing number of managers handling international business have to deal with commercial and legal questions concerning two or even several jurisdictions on a daily basis – a true challenge, particularly for experts outside the legal profession. Starting this fall, the WU Executive Academy will thus offer a new program, the Professional MBA European Business Law, which combines the best of two worlds: the program links a modern, part-time MBA program encompassing the whole gamut of general management and leadership topics with a specialization in European business law.

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The Art of Digital Project Management

Over the past 10 years, digitization has transformed the sphere of project management profoundly. At the same time, the share of project-based work within companies has been constantly increasing across all industries and functions. But what skills will be the mark of a modern project manager in the future and what are the differences between digital and traditional project management? Martina Huemann, Academic Director of the Professional MBA in Project Management, talks about novel and traditional competences in project management and why the most important quality of a project manager in the digital age is to be a true leader.

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Career with the MBA: From Soft Commodity Trading to Renewable Energy

Ruth Alt-Jansky is a true globetrotter: After gaining extensive experience as a trader for an international trading company in Asia with a multicultural team, she built up the French market for the Austrian energy company Verbund. However, it was her MBA degree that helped open the door to a top management career. Read the full story in this issue of our Career Stories.

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The Sexiest Jobs of the 2020s

Ever since the renowned Harvard Business Review ruled that “data scientist” was the “sexiest job of the 21st century,” interested parties know which profession has the brightest future. Yet the current LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report reveals that companies will also be looking for a host of other professions in addition to data scientists in the years to come. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy, took a close look at the job trends of the 2020s.

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Upcoming events:
Hub Reunion Prague Mar. 3
Ambassadors & IAB Reception Mar. 5
Dentsu and Female Leaders Network Breakfast Mar. 6
Are you LinkedIn or LinkedOUT? Mar. 10
Online Info-Session: Career Development after an MBA and Law Program Mar. 17
All events 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions or feedback.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Dean
Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director

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